I have laid all the floorboards in the bookshop and have begun colouring the boards. These are mahogany pre-cut strips with three layers of stain so far.
The balcony floor looks much more permanent now the flooring is down too.
I have also stained the skirting boards ready for when the bookcases can be fitted into place.
Many layers of mahogany stain and varnish later I have finally finished all the bookcases. Phew! It did take some time but I am happy with the overall colour now. It is slightly darker than shown in this picture.
The opening front panel will also be lined with bookcases and I have glued all these in place. I now need to decide what I am going to do with the windows. The top windows will have a book stack all along the outside edges so I am not sure if I should add architrave or not.
Hmmmmm......also should the architrave be in mahogany or black and gold crackle to match the windows??!!
Oh well I will have plenty of time to think about it while I am making books!!